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Southwest Shakespeare Company

Southwest Shakespeare Company names Debra Ann Byrd artistic director

In recent weeks, Debra Ann Byrd has been named the Southwest Shakespeare Company artistic director officials taking the reins of the local company the first of the year. Byrd is the acclaimed …

Scottsdale implements electronic signature collection for August council election

Scottsdale will go digital in its August primary election process with the city’s launch of E-Qual, a system provided by the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office that allows candidates for …

Police: 2 arrested out of state for alleged Scottsdale murder

Two people have been arrested by Scottsdale Police Department for the reported death of Ilya “Mike” Shimonov earlier this month, officials say. Shimonov was reportedly shot on Jan. 3, …

2 suspects arrested in shooting death of man in Scottsdale

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Two suspects have been arrested in Nevada and Arkansas in the fatal shooting of a man in a Scottsdale hotel parking lot, according to authorities. Scottsdale police …

Scottsdale, Phoenix eateries make OpenTable's top 100 list

Four Valley restaurants were part of the annual OpenTable listing of the top 100 restaurants in the U.S. Scottsdale landed three sites — Cafe Monarch in Old Town, Ocean 44 near Scottsdale …
Human Trafficking Awarenss

An end to human trafficking, exploitation remains focus of Scottsdale HEaT unit

It is an unfortunate fact of life, but law enforcement officials across the Phoenix metropolitan area confirm, modern-day slavery is alive and well here in Arizona and across the United States of …
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Halikowski: Learn the roles, responsibilities of the State Transportation Board

I would like to thank Steve Stratton for his year of service as chair of the State Transportation Board in 2021 and welcome incoming Chairman Jesse Thompson. I look forward to working alongside you and the board in 2022.

Miller: I was born White; and for that I am sorry

I was born White and I am sorry. My birth certificate even has blocks labeled “Color” for my parents; and the block lists “W” for both. I cannot even claim to be partly Black or brown. I am sorry for that because, for that reason, I cannot claim to be free of racism.

Berg: ADHS continues to enhance Arizona health improvement efforts

With an Arizona Health Improvement Plan eye toward improving health across the state of Arizona, ADHS uses a community assessment process and partner engagement to build health improvement plans. In 2015, ADHS and community organizations unveiled the first 2016-20 Arizona Health Improvement Plan.

Junion: Scottsdale’s quality of life no longer guaranteed

The recent opinion piece authored by Mark Beauvais extolling the benefits of short-term rentals to Scottsdale should be read for exactly what it is: a puff piece written by the short-term rental …
Hospice of the Valley Dementia Educator Michelle Bales uses a mechanical pet to bring joy to her patient living with dementia.

Gallagher: HOV’s dementia campus helps Arizona seniors live well

It’s astonishing to think that right this moment, there are 5.8 million Americans living with dementia. Arizona currently has the nation’s highest growth rate for the condition, with more than 200,000 cases predicted by 2025.

Women's Watch: Women tackle new opportunities in the NFL

As an avid football fan “by marriage” and out of desperation to have conversations with my spouse during the football season, observing women in various capacities in the NFL is a welcome change.

Chang: Help us fight the scourge of human trafficking in America

The fight against human trafficking demands our attention. In well-appointed homes, on farms, in factories and in restaurants in the U.S., thousands of people, even children, work long days cleaning homes, picking crops, making products, washing dishes, busing tables and serving customers.

O'Shea: Giddy up for the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show

This February the supermodels of the horse world will compete in the world’s largest Arabian horse show. The 67th annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, hosted by the Arabian Horse …

Solomon: Why does it take the Supreme Court so long to decide a case?

Dec. 1, 2021 will go down as an important date in American history. Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which was argued on the day, has the potential to rewrite abortion law in the United States.

Dotson: Fact-checking may be important, but won’t help us learn to disagree better

Entering the new year, Americans are increasingly divided. They clash not only over differing opinions on COVID-19 risk or abortion, but basic facts like election counts and whether vaccines work. Surveying rising political antagonism, journalist George Packer recently wondered in The Atlantic, “Are we doomed?”
Inaugural members of Equity in STEAM group.

Saguaro High School's STEM program receives grant

Intel Corporation announces Saguaro High School’s Sisters in STEM program has been selected as one of the members of the Equity in STEAM Initiative, using grant and training to close racial and gender gaps under the STEAM Leadership Learning Series.
Saguaro High School Senior Ivan Martin speaks to virtual and in person attendees at the MLK Youth Voices Living the Dream program on Jan. 13.

Scottsdale Schools’ annual Voices event returns with powerful stories

Persevere, Ivan Martin’s mother told him continually, when the  Scottsdale student would beg to switch schools because of the discrimination he faced on campus.

ASU’s sustainability program lands federal recycling grant

Paper, plastic, glass, aluminum — these recycling categories may soon be of greater importance in rural Arizona, as a federal grant and college program seek sustainable solutions for forgotten …

Cox offering $35K in diversity scholarships to high school seniors

Cox will award 10 Arizona high school seniors with a $3,500 Cox Diversity Scholarship.

Arizona Teacher of the Year nomination process open now

Nomination submissions are open for the Arizona Educational Foundation’s AEF Teacher of the Year program.
Scottsdale Neighbors & Business Reporting
Local Spotlight

Meet the Girl Scout: Maya Hamer of Troop 2256 has the famous cookies

Cookie sales are underway as Maya Hamer, a Girl Scout from Scottsdale, joins her sister and others for the next six weeks as the Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council has its cookie season through Feb. 27.

Boy Scouts of America’s Grand Canyon Council partners with Barrett-Jackson

The Boy Scouts of America’s Grand Canyon Council — independent nonprofit organization chartered by the Boy Scouts of America in Arizona — announces its inaugural partnership with Barrett-Jackson.

Scottsdale figure skater Camden Pulkinen glides on ice

Scottsdale native Camden Pulkinen has been spending recent years in Colorado, training amongst the best figure skaters in the country in hopes to be one of the best skaters in the world.

Meet the Girl Scout: Ella Hamer

Meet Ella Hamer, a Girl Scout hailing from the city of Scottsdale. For the next six weeks, the Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council will host its cookie season through Feb. 27, featuring …

Duet offers free Family Caregiver Support Group in Scottsdale

Duet is offering in-person and virtual family caregiver support groups for family caregivers who may be overwhelmed while tending to the needs of others.

As the new year dawns so does the next chapter of economic development in the east Valley — most notably hundreds of new buildable acres in Scottsdale and thousands of acres now a part of the …

Walt Brown Jr, CEO and founder of Diversified Partners, has closed on the Links at Queen Creek Golf Course and plans to redevelop the entire course into multifamily and single-family housing at …
Clive Collective, a Scottsdale-based restaurant group featuring purveyors of unique, elevated experiences, has announced its latest concept, Cala, at Scottsdale’s newest Old Town hotel Senna …
Senna House, a Curio Collection by Hilton, is Old Town Scottsdale’s newest hotel after opening last month. Open to the public on Dec. 15, Senna House will be the newest hotel in the …
Scottsdale Entertainment
Gregory Porter will perform Feb. 9 at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

Jazz singer Gregory Porter returns to Scottsdale

Celebrated jazz vocalist Gregory Porter returns to Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 9.

Taliesin West debuts 2022 calendar of events

This month the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is rolling out an array of new daily tours, cultural programs and events at Taliesin West, in Scottsdale, to offer first-time and returning visitors an …
Andrea Zakrzewski and her mother Andrea de Kerpely-Zak(Independent Newsmedia/Arianna Grainey)

Gallery Andrea hosts Valentines exhibit

Gallery Andrea, 7019 E. Main Street in Old Town Scottsdale, is hosting a February exhibit featuring romantic florals, fashions and works of art. The Valentines exhibit at Andrea Gallery includes work …
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Worldwide Auctioneers return to Scottsdale with pre-war automobiles, live boutique sale

Worldwide Auctioneers returns for its annual boutique sale, The Scottsdale Auction, on Wednesday, Jan. 26 at the start of Arizona Car Week.

Worldwide Women’s Film Fest returns to Scottsdale in person come February

From more than 120 films submitted, the 2022 nonprofit Worldwide Women’s Film Festival will screen 89 short films, documentary films, features, documentary features, web series and music videos during its fourth annual festival.
Scottsdale Gallery Association announces Western Week Themed Gold Palette ArtWalk scheduled for Feb. 3.

Scottsdale Gallery Association announces Western Week-themed Gold Palette ArtWalk

The Scottsdale Gallery Association looks forward to hosting its annual Western Week themed Gold Palette ArtWalk from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., on Thursday, Feb. 3, throughout the Scottsdale Arts District.
The Walter Art Gallery will present “From Darkness to Light,” Jan. 21-Feb. 18.

The Walter Art Gallery will exhibit ‘From Darkness to Light’ showing cancer masks

The Walter Art Gallery will present “From Darkness to Light,” an exhibit of cancer treatment radiation masks transformed into artistic sculptures using custom-mesh masks that were molded to faces of cancer patients during radiation treatment of the head and neck.
"A Room of One's Own" mixed media by Jill Friedberg

Jill Friedberg solo exhibition ‘A Room of One’s Own’ to debut in Scottsdale

Jill Friedberg will debut her latest mixed media series of paintings and sculpture at the Eric Fischl Gallery located at the Phoenix College, 1202 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix.
David Haff’s “My Bleeding Heart” is among the artworks featured in “FIRST: Native American Arizona’s Artists” at Civic Center Public Gallery.

Indigenous artists honor past, present in new Scottsdale Arts exhibition

Scottsdale Public Art will host the “FIRST: Native American Artists of Arizona” Exhibition from Jan. 10  through Mar. 30,  at Scottsdale Civic Center Library.
American Pickers

Antique ‘picking’ TV show seeks interesting local collectors from Arizona

As part of their mission to recycle and rescue items from the past, American Pickers, The History Channel’s hit television show, will return to Arizona in March 2022 to film more …
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